Posted January 07, 2018 05:37:47The Craft Pizza Store, founded by a former employee of a restaurant in Seattle, WA, is now a craft brewery and a pop-up restaurant, in a building formerly used for a meat market.
The brewery’s beer is brewed in-house by co-owner Adam Cramer and his wife, Kaitlyn, who also runs the business with their son and nephew.
The couple opened the brewery in 2016 with the goal of producing high quality craft beer, and they’re now the fourth and newest in the Seattle craft beer scene.
“We started the business from scratch,” Cramer told Business Insider.
“We were doing it from the comfort of our living room.
We just started because we wanted to.
We wanted to be the one to create something.”
The brewery, located in an industrial park just outside of Seattle, opened in February.
It now has two locations in the region and is now expanding to serve other regions.
“It was a crazy time to be an entrepreneur,” Cramers said.
“A lot of people were struggling to make ends meet.
That was our first step to start this thing.”
Cramer, a former machinist and former aerospace engineer, had been looking for a way to expand into new markets and quickly realized that he could use the capital that the brewery had amassed in the past year.
“The only way to make it work was to take ownership,” he said.
The first beer he tried was a Belgian-style IPA brewed with Columbus Blue and a few other hops.
He then added more hops to make the IPA more fruity and citrusy.
“It was one of the first beers we tried,” Crams said.
The beer sold well.
“That was the first big wave for us,” he added.
In 2018, the brewery opened a second location, and the owners saw a need for a third.
“In a way, we were a small-scale brewery with a bigger footprint,” Cams said.
Now, with the brewery expanded to more than 20 states, the company has become a destination for craft beer enthusiasts.
“There’s a huge demand for craft beers and we’ve seen that for a long time,” Crama said.
“I think that’s something that we’re going to continue to expand our footprint and really tap into that market,” he continued.
Cramer said the company is also looking to expand its product lines, adding beer like its flagship, The Black Cat, to its portfolio.
The Black Cider, a popular IPA brewed in collaboration with local breweries and the local brewery of the same name, also is coming to the brewery soon.
“People want to be able to enjoy something that they love that they can get it from anywhere,” Camers said of the company’s expansion plans.
“I think there’s a great opportunity for us to be part of that.”
Cramers has been an entrepreneur for years, working as an engineer for Boeing and before that, a truck driver.
The brewery also was a partner in the construction of the brewery’s brewery building in 2017, but that project was never completed.
“So we’re really trying to make sure we can continue to be here for the long haul,” Cras said.